This video demonstrates paced bottle feeding as a way to make sure that your baby drinks from a bottle at a pace that is closer to breastfeeding, preventing them from over eating and having stomach upset after feedings. This is especially helpful for moms when they return to work, as it is important to make sure the child's caregiver is not over-feeding the baby. An infant should get 1 to 1-1/4 oz per hour that mom is away. If the infant is fed 2 oz per hour, mom will likely not be able to pump enough while at work to keep up with the demand, and the baby will not be hungry enough to nurse when mom gets home. This will inevitably result in mother's milk supply drastically decreasing.
This video shows several different feeding methods that are great alternatives to the bottle. These methods can be very helpful in supplementing the breastfed baby without interrupting the learning curve of breastfeeding.
If you need to supplement, you are having trouble getting a good latch becauseyour baby thrusts their tongue forward, or the latch is painful because the infant cannot extend their tongue very far, or you're having trouble getting baby to take a bottle, there are some alternative methods for feeding baby besides a bottle that do not interfere with breastfeeding. In addition to pumping, hand milk expression is a great way to express more milk for supplementing with one of these methods. Check out this video to see how!
At the breast feeding is the preferred method, because it stimulates milk production and encourages strong latch and suck skills in the infant. This can be done with a Supplemental Nursing System, or SNS. An SNS can be somewhat complicated, but it can be a wonderful tool if a baby must be supplemented with formula early on. It can also be used duringFinger Feeding, which a spouse or other support person can help with and does not interfere with breastfeeding.Please cont...